By Dustin Cabeal
Don't get me wrong, I'm curious about this graphic novel. Here's the but, BOOM! has been announcing a lot of Hollywood writers on their comics and that's disheartening. Even when I didn't love something the publisher published I always respected the fact that they were still heavy on the comic book development side of the business. The broke in new writers and artists yearly, but now... from the writer of Legally Blonde, from the co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It's like they're patrolling the back lots of Fox looking for writers. I'm not excited by this because it's starting to look like a trend. We'll see, ECCC is just around the corner.
BOOM! Studios is proud to announce Jane, a new original graphic novel which reimagines Jane Eyre, from acclaimed screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Devil Wears Prada) and Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand). The book is a powerful modern re-envisioning of Charlotte Brontë’s seminal novel.
Growing up in a small fishing town, Jane dreamed of going to art school and escaping to New York City. When that dream becomes a reality, however, it’s not long before she feels intimidated by her new home and the talent of her peers. Needing money, she gets a comfortable job as a nanny for a young girl, Adele, but her security soon upended when she falls for the girl’s father, Rochester, a somber man with charm, wealth, and a dark secret that could consume them all.
“I am so excited for people to read our new take on this classic story,” explains Aline Brosh McKenna, who is making her graphic novel debut. “Our Jane is a modern girl working through some very contemporary problems but she retains Jane Eyre’s signature moral goodness and clarity. We moved the story in exciting new directions while maintaining the mystery, romance, and yearning that has kept this story vital for years.” She continues, “Working with Ramón is a dream come true, I am such a fan, and I’m excited for the world to see how he has taken words and story and transformed them into visual magic in a way only he can."
Acclaimed illustrator Ramón K. Pérez adds, "Jane is an exciting experience since it allows us to bring our interpretation of the beloved classic Jane Eyre to a whole new audience and will give longtime fans of the original Brontë sisters’ novel the opportunity to experience it visualized in an entirely new and innovative way.”
Jane is the latest original graphic novel release from BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, home to an acclaimed line of ambitious and award-winning graphic novels, includingMouse Guard by David Petersen; Rust by Royden Lepp; Jim Henson’s Tale of Sandby Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, and Ramón K. Pérez; The Realist by Asaf Hanuka; andHacktivist by Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Marcus To.
"Jane is a wonderfully soft yet courageous, principled, and intelligent woman whose ability to challenge Victorian convention and snobbery reverberates even today,” says Sierra Hahn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. "There isn’t a better duo to bring this work to life in the modern era with as much energy, heart, and color as McKenna and Pérez.Jane will inspire readers of all ages."
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